According to ABCNews, before filming his much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, due to air Thursday on the OWN network, Armstrong met with about 100 staff and social workers working for the Livestrong Foundation, at their Austin, Texas headquarters. The Foundation, started by Armstrong, supports cancer victims.
According to Foundation spokeswoman Katherine McLane, Armstrong’s “sincere and heartfelt apology” for the trouble he has caused the foundation brought on a lot of tears from the people who had looked to him for leadership and inspiration. She said he “took responsibility” for the damage he has done to their cause, but declined to say whether Armstrong had admitted to doping during his cycling career. All she would say was that Armstrong wanted the staff to hear from him personally rather than getting second-hand reports.
After the filming of his interview with Ms. Winfrey, an anonymous source familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that Armstrong did, in fact, confess to using performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.
Oprah Winfrey is due to appear on ABC’s Good Morning America tomorrow (Jan. 15, 2013, 7-9 am), but it is doubtful that she will reveal the substance of the interview. We will have to wait until 9 pm EST on Thursday to find out if we are finally going to hear the truth.
Let us hope so. It is painful enough to have such an (apparently) inspirational idol revealed as debased; it is so much worse to have that revelation dragged out over months and years.